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Healing with Homeopathy


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									                                                          Healing with Homeopathy
                                                               by Robert UUman, ND, LCSW and
                                                               Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman, ND
                                                     131 - 3rd Ave, North • Edmonds, Washington 98020 USA
                                                              Phone 425-774-5599 • Fax 425-670-0319

                                                          Sinusitis and Bronchitis:
                                                      Two Winter Conditions Successfully
                                                           Treated by Homeopathy
    Sinusitis and bronchitis are two very common conditions        important factors are the type and odor of the discharge, and
to watch out for in the damp and cold conditions of the winter     the location and quality of the pains. The presence or lack of
months, especially in northern climates. Sinus pressure and        fever may also give some indication of the nature of the
headaches, nasal discharge, post-nasal drip, and deep,             infection, but not always. The source of the infection is less
racking coughs can cause sinusitis and bronchitis sufferers        important bomeopathically than the characteristic symptoms.
to feel simply miserable. Fortunately, homeopathy can help            As with most homeopathic treatment, there is no one
these illnesses rapidly and effectively, usually without the       medicine for sinusitis. Rather, the symptoms of the patient
necessity for antibiotics.                                         are matched with the characteristic symptoms of possible
    Homeopaths consider bronchitis and sinusitis as either         homeopathic medicines. The single best match is then given
transient acute illnesses, or, in their chronic manifestations,    and the results assessed.
as part of the constitutional picture of the patient. If these
conditions rarely occur for the patient, they may be treated       Homeopathic Medicines for Sinusitis
as acute illnesses and given homeopathic medicines that are            Suppose the person with sinusitis says, "I feel so much
only to be taken during the course of the infection. If the        pressure in my sinuses, they feel like they would hurst!" He
infections are recurrent, however, it is necessary to delve more   continues with "I am so stuffed up, and the mucus is this
deeply into the case in order to find a medicine that will help    yucky yellowish green stuff that comes out in strings." Then,
the whole person and prevent, or at least decrease, subsequent     he describes the pain in his sinuses, as though it was located
episodes.                                                          in small spots, rather than throughout the whole area, and
    Sinusitis may result from viral, bacterial, or fungal          especially, describes pain at the root of the nose. By this time,
infection, or from acute or chronic allergic reactions. It is      the remedy is clear to most homeopaths: Kali bichromicum,
usually characterized by increased mucus, with stuffiness          probably the most frequently prescribed homeopathic
and/or green or yellow, stringy, viscous or fluent nasal           medicine for sinusitis.
discharge, and increased pressure in the sinuses. Facial pain          Another patient suffering from sinusitis, but has a
in the regions of the maxillary and frontal sinuses and            different set of symptoms. She is also complaining of yellowish
headaches are common. The deep sinus pain can be helpful           green discharge, but it is more fluent and drips down the
in distinguishing sinusitis from the similar symptoms of the       back of her throat, causing a moist cough and throat clearing.
common cold.                                                       She is sweating, and if not careful, she drools. Her husband
    If a bacterial infection is present, there may be fever and    comments, "You have the worst breath ever," and she
chills, either low grade or rising higher as the condition         describes a metallic taste in her mouth. Her tongue is thickly
worsens. A bacterial sinusitis, if untreated, could lead to a      coated and you can see the indentations of her teeth in her
more serious systemic infection, or at least contribute to the     tongue. Though she doesn't have a fever, sbe feels either cold
development of bronchitis or pneumonia.                            and hot in quick succession. This is the picture of homeopathic
                                                                   Mercurius solubilis, a close second in the short list of
Treating Sinusitis with Homeopathy                                 homeopathic medicines used frequently for sinusitis.
    When treating sinusitis, the homeopath wants to know               Patients needing two other medicines for sinusitis are
several pieces of information. First, is the condition acute or    quite irritable, and the third is quite mildly tempered. The
chronic? If acute, the suggestions for homeopathic medicines       irritable patients need Nux vomica or Hepar sulphuricum,
below are applicable. If cbronic, the patient should see a         and the mild sinusitis sufFerer should improve vnihPulsatilla
homeopath for the best long-term results. Next, it is important    nigricans, if other symptoms agree.
to know the onset of the condition, any factors which seemed           Hepar sulph patients complain bitterly about their
to contribute to the illness beginning, such as stress, lack of    symptoms and everything annoys tbem. They are very
sleep, dietary changes, or exposure to the elements, allergens,    sensitive to tbe cold, and better from warmth and wrapping
or people who were possibly contagious. The sequence in            up. They tend to sneeze from every draft. Their noses stop
which symptoms developed may also be helpful.                      up or run from exposure to the cold air or a cold, dry wind
    Once the antecedents to the illness are well-defined, the      and the nasal discharge smells like old cheese.
actual symptoms and the way they affect the patient assume             Nux uomica patients share the irritability and chilliness
the most importance in the case. In sinusitis, tbe two most        of Hepar sulph. They seem to have a "type A" personality

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  and are often impatient and bossy, as in "I want tbe medicine
  now! I have to get back to work right away!" Little things                                                                          Sinusitis & Bronchitis
  tend to frustrate them easily. The sinus symptoms are worse
  in the morning, with sneezing and runny nose, but their noses                                       The medicines in the first line of defense in healing
  can stuff up considerably in the evening and at night. Going                                     bronchitis are Antimonium tartaricum, Coccus cacti, Bryonia,
  outdoors can also make their symptoms worse.                                                     Drosera, Hepar sulphuricum. Phosphorus, Rumex and
      Pulsatilla sinusitis shares tbe yellowish green discharge                                    Spongia. Each of these has its characteristics pattern of
  of Mercurius and Kali bichromicum, but the consistency is                                        symptoms that makes it unique.
  thick and bland. Stuffiness is a major symptom, and the nose                                        Antimonium tartaricum is for the person who has a loose,
  feels stopped up while lying down or when indoors. The ears                                      rattling cough without much expectoration. It is a common
  are often stopped up along with the nose and the nasal                                           medicine in bronchitis of infants and the elderly. Children
  discharge is foul smelling. Pulsatilla patients are whiny and                                    needing this medicine often hate to be looked at or touched.
  weepy, and often ask for company and comforting when sick.                                       They are irritable and whiny and usually want to be left alone,
  Their emotions are changeable. They are often without much                                       or sometimes carried, like Cina or Chamomilla. Sometimes
  thirst, and they desire rich, creamy food like peanut butter                                     there is an overpowering sleepiness during the cough (Opium,
  and ice cream, which can make them feel worse.                                                   Nux moschata). There is difficulty breathing and the pattern
      When a homeopathic medicine works for sinusitis, one can                                     is short and rapid. Tbe lips could turn blue from lack of
  expect that the sinus pressure and pain will decrease, the                                       oxygen. These patients are worse from lying down, getting
  fever will abate, the discharge will return to clear and any                                     too warm or becoming angry. They are better once they get
  congestion will become less within 24 to 48 hours. The illness                                   the mucus out, and sometimes after sitting up, belching or
  may simply go away at that point. Sometimes, even though                                         vomiting. Tbey prefer cold, open air.
  the correct homeopathic medicine is effective for tbe                                               The hallmark of a Bryonia bronchitis is that the symptoms
  symptoms of tbe sinusitis, the illness may progress into the                                     are worse from any movement. Even just the movement of
  chest, leading to a cough until the miucus is fully expelled.                                    tbe chest during respiration or coughing can be painful, or
                                                                                                   lead to extended bouts of cougbing. The cough is hard and
  Bronchitis                                                                                       dry, without much expectoration. There is shortness of breath,
      Acute bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchial tubes                                   but deep breathing worsens the cough.
  in the lungs that may occur secondary to sinusitis, or to a                                         Dryness is tbe next prominent characteristic. There is a
  cold or other upper respiratory infection, a fever, a sore throat,                               great thirst for cold drinks, and the lips are often dry and
  nasal discbarge or post-nasal drip. The appearance of an                                         chapped.                                                     >.
  episode of bronchitis may be tbe result
  of infection, allergies or irritation from
  chemicals or other inhalants. It may
  last several days to several weeks.
  Some occurrences of acute bronchitis
                                                                [Vitamin E is a Symphony, Not a Soloist!]
                                                      The fott is, Ihe "vitamin £" supplements available in North
  may become chronic if left untreated,
                                                      America are mi^labeled. They (entoin olpha-tocopherol, and
  or if the maintaining causes persist.
                                                      maybe a tiny bit af the other tocopherols (beta-, gamma-, and
      The symptoms of bronchitis are
                                                      delto-totopherols). But vitomin E is mate than aipha-totDpheiai.
  mainly cough and sputum. Tbe
                                                      tl's mote than "mixed locopherols," too. Vitamin £ is on eight-
  homeopatbically significant symptoms
                                                      member complex vitamin, like theE-complex. tt includes all
  relate to variations of these two
                                                      four tocopheroEs, plus the four tatotrienols in there naturDi
  symptoms, such as tbe sound,
                                                      ratios, as partners in the vitamin I leom.
  painfulness and timing of the cough,
  and the viscosity and color of the
  sputum, giving some indication of the               Typical "vilamiti I" supplements |ust don't ruesh with this

  source and severity of the illness                  reality. Na amount of atpha-locopherol can fully substitute for

      As in any homeopathic prescription,             gomma-tocopheiol - and no amount of mined tocopherols"

  other factors also influence the choice             con moke up for getting no tocotrienoJs in your supplement.

  of homeopathic medicine, including                  Tbe fad is, if you're just getting olpha-to(opherol - or alpha

  onset and duration of symptoms,                     with "mixed tacopherois" thrown in as an afterthought -- you're

  environmental exposures to wind,                    not getting "vitamin E." You're getting o lopsided vitamin E

  damp and cold, and emotional factors                fraction.

  and stressors.
                                                                Total E is Canodo's first complete, bolonced E-complex vitomin
  Homeopathic Medicines for                                     first introduced in 1999. Providing all eight vitamin E moletuies,
  Bronchitis                                                    just two Tctol E soitgeh a day balonces the top heavy
      There are many potential medicines                        olpho-tocopherol content in most "vitomin E" supplements or
  for bronchitis and other conditions in                        premium multtvitamins.
  which cough is tbe prominent symptom.
  Here we can cover tbe most often                              Plus, Total E include; coenzyme 0)0, art essentiol synergistic
  considered and prescribed medicines;                          partner ta vitamin E's action.
  ie. the ones which have helped many
  cases of bronchitis in our practice.                          iOI• [olgoiy,Conoili!• hm 1                      hililimm              • (IU@AOI.tii
                                                                IheH sfatements ht^e not been evDlucted by the food mi Drug idministretion. Tbis praiJutl is not inteniieil Id diagnose, treot, cure,

                                                                        bronchitis symptoms are worse from talking, laughing, cold
     Sinusitis & Bronchitis                                             air or change of temperature, and exertion. Improvement may
                                                                        come while lying on tbe right side or when sitting. The food
                                                                        cravings of Phosphorus patients are typically for spicy foods,
         Bryonia patients are known for being irritable, over-          chocolate, ice cream and fish.
     concerned with business and money, and often have a desire             People who need Rumex for bronchitis, characteristically
     to go home. Their symptoms are characteristically worse at         bave a cougb that begins from a tickle in the pit of the throat,
     nine p.m. and from eating or drinking. Surprisingly, they are      or rawness in the larynx or trachea. The cough can become
     better from lying on the painful side, which prevents it           worse from uncovering or undressing, and is typically dry
     moving, and from pressure. They like cool, open air, rest, and     and tickling, often preventing sleep. The cough can indeed
     warm drinks, especially warm milk.                                 come on as soon as the head touches the pillow and continues
         Coccus cacti bronchitis cases are characterized by thick,      as long as the person is lying down. Mucus tends to collect in
     stringy mucus {Kali bichromicum). There is a lot of throat         tbe throat and must be hawked out.
     clearing and the throat tickles violently. The racking cough           Other factors that make the cough worse are inhaling cold
     may lead to vomiting long strings of mucus. The same stringy       air or change of temperature, like going from a warm room
     mucus may originate in the sinuses and drop profusely into         outside or vice versa. Talking or touching the throat also
     the throat and lungs. At times there is a sensation of a thread    aggravate tbe cougb. Two things tbat can improve the cougb
     hanging down the back of the throat.                               are covering tbe moutb or sucking on an unmentholated
         Coccus cacti patients feel worse from both heat and cold       lozenge.
     {Mercurius sol) and from lying down (Drosera). However, they           Spongia, another well-known cougb medicine is best
     are also known to improve from cold air, cold drinks and a         known for its deep, dry, bollow, barking cougb, like a seal's
     cold bath, and they will often ask for frequent, large drinks      bark or a saw cutting through wood. There is considerable
     of water.                                                          hoarseness, and a feeling of a plug in the larynx witb anxious,
         Those needing Drosera are known for their violent fits of      gasping breatbing and a suffocating feeling. Heart
     hard, painful coughing with choking and gagging, even              palpitations may occur along witb tbe bronchitis. Breatbing
     vomiting at the end of the episode. The cough is dry, barking,     is short and difTicult, and tbe air passages feel dry. Tbose
     croupy and spasmodic iSpongia). The cough may come from            people needing Spongia for tbeir bronchitis tend to be worse
     a sensation of dryness and irritation in the larynx, as if from    in a warm room, while lying down, after midnight and from
     a feather or crumb that is stuck there.                            exertion. Warm food and downward motion can improve their
         Drosera patients are worse from lying down in bed, from        symptoms.
     the warmth of the bed, and especially at night, after midnight.
     The cough may also come on from taking cold food or drinks.        The Course of Treatment
     Emotionally, people needing this medicine may feel                     As you can see from this summary of the main remedies
     persecuted or harassed.                                            for sinusitis and bronchitis, it is important to understand
         Those bronchitis sufFerers needing Heparsulphuricum are        tbe symptoms quite specifically in order to select tbe
     known for two primary characteristics accompanying most            appropriate homeopathic medicine. When tbe correct
     conditions: extreme irritability and great sensitivity to cold.    medicine is chosen, however, improvement and recovery are
     They are also very sensitive to pain. Their coughs often come      often rapid and dramatic. In most cases, a few dose.s of a 30C
     on after exposure to cold and they tend to get bronchitis after    potency, given every few hours, will start the healing process.
     every cold they catch. All symptoms in Hepar sulphuricum           If the homeopathic medicine tbat is needed is obvious, a
     are worse from cold and drafts, and nasal congestion is worse      higher potency, sucb as 200C or lM may be given less
     in cold, dry air. These people are better from bundling up         frequently for more rapid and complete healing.
     and warmth in general to counteract their sensitivity to the           (For more information on taking the case for acute
     cold.                                                              bronchitis and sinusitis and dosing, please see our book.
         Coughs for those who need Hepar tend to be either dry or       Homeopathic Self-Care, The Quick and Easy Guide for the
     loose, but in either case it is difficult to bring the mucus up,   Whole Family (Prima, 1997), from whicb much of tbe
     though there may be a lot of thick yellow mucus present in         information above was excerpted.)
     the bronchi. The cough is worse from cold drinks, and also
     tends to be worse in the morning. Like Antimonium                  Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman and Robert Ullman are licensed
     tartaricum patients, there can be rattling in the chest, with      naturopathic physicians board certified in homeopathy. Their
     a feeling of weakness.                                             books include Ritalin-Free Kids, Rage-Free Kids, Prozac Free,
         Constitutional Phosphorus patients can be recognized by        Homeopatbic Self-Care: The Quick and Easy Guide for tbe
     their friendly, outgoing, sympathetic nature. In acute             Whole Family, Whole Woman Homeopathy, The Patient's Guide
     bronchitis, you may find people who need Phosphorus also           to Homeopathic Medicine, and Mystics, Masters, Saints and
      need company to relieve their suffering. They are very thirsty    Sages-Stories of Enlightenment. They teach and lecture
     for cold drinks, especially carbonated beverages. The              internationally and practice at The Northwest Center for
     bronchitis may lead to pneumonia, characterized by rusty or        Homeopathic Medicine, in Edmonds, Washington and Langley.
     bloody sputum and frothy mucus that tastes salty or sweet.         Washington. Their latest book, coauthored with Ian Luepker,
                                                                        ND, is A Drug-Free Approach to Asperger Syndrome and
         Individuals with bronchitis wbo need Phosphorus start
                                                                        Autism: Homeopatbic Medicine for Exceptional Kids (May,
     as head colds that develop into bronchitis with sore throat
                                                                        2005). They treat patients by phone as well as in person, and
     and hoarseness. The cough is bard, backing and painful, at         can be reached by telephone at 425-774-5599, or you can visit
     first dry, then looser as time goes on. Tbe chest feels tight      their website at www.healthy homeopathy.com.
     and oppressed, and cougbs may linger on and on. The

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